Kenowa Hills Public Schools is privatizing its bus services for the next academic year.
This week, the district awarded a three-year contract to Durham School Services to operate bus routes, starting September 1.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with Kenowa Hills schools,” said Durham Region Manager Brad Tate. “Preparations are already underway to ensure a safe and smooth operation this fall.”
The agreement will affect 2,400 students in six schools. Durham says its 34 buses will be equipped with GPS to streamlinecommunications and routes, saving on fuel and time.
The three-year agreement is expected to save the school district at least $500,000.
“Our contract with Durham allows us to focus on classroom education without compromising school bus safety and on-time performance,” said Tamera Powers, director of finance for Kenowa Hills. “We’re impressed with Durham’s track record and appreciate their commitment to our students.”